Friday, May 18, 2007

A shirt that tells if you are bipolar or schizophrenic?

As odd as this sounds, there is a team of psychiatric researchers at the University of San Diego that have created a vest to do this.
"“LifeShirt” – a computerized vest that continuously monitors the patient’s movements – shows that patterns of movements differ between patients with the two disorders. The device, manufactured by VivoMetrics©, monitors hyperactive and repetitive movements, and collects data on respiration, heart rate and other physiological measures. "
For testing purposes, they also had a camera in the ceiling that recorded movements of people wearing the shirt.
"Patients with bipolar disease exhibited hyperactivity and a wide range of exploration when in a novel environment, according to the researchers. Schizophrenic patients, on the other hand, exhibited much more restricted movements."

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